Businesses warned of VAT scam
ARGYLL and Bute Council’s Trading Standards team is warning local business about a VAT letter scam.
The people behind a previous UK data control scam are now sending out debt collection letters asking for payments. These letters have a German address and are headed ‘UK – DATA CONTROL – missing information on your VAT registration number’.
The letter says the sender is looking to update VAT registration numbers. If a business replies to the letter they then receive an invoice asking for £790 per year for three years for inclusion on the UK data control portal.
Councillor David Kinniburgh said: ‘We are concerned that local businesses might think this letter is an official communication, and that they may sign and return the form, leading to demands for payments. The letter is not an official communication – it is a scam.’
‘If anyone receives such a letter like this and would like advice please call us on 01546 605519.’